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How to Set up Windows 10

1. Create a recovery drive.
Sure, your Windows 10 installation is working fine now, but if it ever fails to start properly, you'll be grateful you have a recovery drive handy.
Booting from this specially formatted USB flash drive gives you access to the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE), which you can use to fix most common startup problems. You need a USB flash drive, of course, at least 512 MB in size for a bare recovery drive and 8 GB for one containing Windows system files. In version 1709, you'll find a shortcut to the Recovery Drive desktop app on Start, under the Windows Administrative Tools heading.

2. Configure Windows Update.
The good news is Windows 10 includes automatic, cumulative updates that ensure you're always running the most recent security patches.
The bad news is those updates can arrive when you're not expecting them, with a small but non-zero chance that an update will break an app
or feature you rely on for daily productivity. The first thing you should do is go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click Check for updates. Install any available updates, including updated drivers.
Head to the Store and check for app updates. Windows 10 will update those apps automatically, but you can speed up the process by checking manually.
Finally, on the Windows Update page in Settings, click Change active hours to specify your normal work hours (a window of up to 18 hours), when you don't want to be interrupted by updates. Then click Advanced options and set your deferral periods for monthly quality updates.Choose the Semi-Annual Channel option delays feature updates by up to four months.

3. Review privacy settings.
By default, Microsoft collects a substantial amount of diagnostics information as you use Windows 10. That information is, according to Microsoft's privacy policies, used exclusively for personalizing your experience with Windows and "to help [Microsoft] provide a secure and reliable experience." You can't turn off the telemetry feature completely, but you can choose to send only a limited amount of data on your Windows 10 usage. To do so, go to Settings > Privacy > Feedback & Diagnostics and change the setting under the Diagnostic Data heading from Full to Basic. These options have been simplified since the original release of Windows 10. You can also make two other changes here. Turn off Let Microsoft provide more tailored experiences with relevant tips and recommendations by using your diagnostic data and tell Microsoft you prefer to not be asked for feedback as you use Windows 10.

4. Fine-tune Action Center settings.
One of the signature features in Windows 10 is the Action Center, a pane that appears on the right side of the display when you swipe in on a touchscreen or click the notifications icon at the far right of the taskbar. For a portable PC, customize the Quick Action buttons at the bottom of the Action Center pane.
Hide any buttons you don't use, and make sure the four buttons you use most often are available in the top row so that you can get to them when the full set of buttons is collapsed to a single row. Next, go through the list of apps that are permitted to interrupt you with notifications and silence those you never want to hear from. The settings here allow you to control pop-up messages and sounds or turn off  notifications completely.

 

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